I started working
with Kelly in the fall of 2014 when I
joined her women's running group. I had
tried to run on my own what felt like
dozens of times, with no consistent
so I was secretly pretty worried
that I wouldn't be able complete Kelly's
course or a 5k. I was so wrong!
I had a blast in Kelly's group!
I learned a lot of helpful
information every week about running
form, gear, stretching- you name it. I
loved the camaraderie of running in a
group. It was super motivating. I made
sure I did my weekday running "homework"
so that I could keep up with the group
on the Saturday runs. I felt challenged
but never exhausted. Kelly focuses very
much on injury prevention. With her
help, I was finally able to run injury
free. I was so excited when I completed
the 5k at the end of the 8 week class!
Just to make sure I
stayed motivated and kept training
properly, I continued having Kelly coach
me with monthly running plans and I
joined her women's running group. These
ladies are funny and supportive.
It has been a joy working with
them all. And we do work!
Again, it's challenging enough to
be something to feel really good about,
but never overwhelming. Kelly is the
consummate professional about giving her
clients just the right workload to
produce amazing results but avoiding
pitfalls. I can't believe it's true, but
with her help, I've done several 5k's, a
10k, and I'm just starting a half
marathon program. All in just over a
year of running!
I feel like I've left behind my
former couch potato ways for good!
In August 2015, it finally dawned on me
that running alone wasn't going to help
me drop the extra weight I'd managed to
accumulate over the past decade.
I knew I was going to have to get
serious about conquering my sweet tooth
and my Diet Coke habit if I wanted to
avoid the health consequences of being
overweight. I had tried to lose weight
on my own, and had even tried a group
weight loss program, but never had much
success. Kelly's approach to nutrition
and eating habits was the perfect fit
for helping me change my ways. Her basic
premise that filling up on reasonable
amounts of nutrient dense foods has been
the key that I had been missing in all
my previous weight loss attempts.
Instead of dieting and deprivation, she
helped me focus on gaining new habits.
She spends time one-on-one, learning
about what your typical eating habits
are like, and what your environment is
like at home in terms of support and
obstacles to healthy eating. One of my
favorite elements of her nutrition
coaching was our trip to the grocery
store. I had no idea before we went how
much healthy, awesome food I had been
overlooking was right there in the
She helped me really expand my
repertoire of healthy recipes and easy
to prepare foods. Her approach of adding
healthy habits, a few at a time, really
clicked for me. By the end of the twelve
weeks of Kelly coaching me, my almost
daily, extreme cravings for junk food
were really manageable. That's not to
say I never have a day of eating more
than I planned to, but I bounce right
back to eating right. With Kelly's
guidance, I've lost over 20 pounds,
and feel positive I can lose the rest
that I should to be at a healthy weight.
A year and a half
ago, I couldn’t run to the end of the
In May 2013, I started with the
Coach Bails Women’s Running Group and
that’s when my life started to change in
a positive direction. I bought into the
program and followed every plan that
Kelly wrote for me; I learned the
importance of running and training the
right way; and I formed some new
Kelly has supported me through
the whole process by believing in me,
teaching me, and pushing me when I
wanted to be pushed.
She communicates with her clients
and makes everyone’s experience unique.
She has taught me so much!
I am now able to apply the
lessons that she has given me to
training with a large running club.
I have recently moved to a city
and the group runs consist of several
hundred people while the break out
groups have between 5 and 30 runners.
There are coaches present with a
plan, but you have to have a solid
understanding of your own running
ability in order to do the break out
I was worried being a fairly new
runner, but Kelly had prepared me more
than I ever knew.
I am actually helping others
during the runs because of the knowledge
that I have gained from Coach Bails
Running programs over the past year and
She has taken me through seven
5K’s, a 10K, and a half–marathon since I
started with her and I am currently
training for my next half-marathon.
I owe my positive life change to
the dedication and commitment of Coach
running journey began in May of 2011
when I decided to join the Coach Bails
Beginning Women’s Running Group.
I had never been a runner, but
was looking for an activity to help me
in my efforts to lose weight and become
After completing the program and
running my first 5k, I knew that I
wanted to keep running.
I decided to work individually
with Coach Kelly to train for my first
Training with Coach Kelly has
been such a positive experience for me!
Her plans are tailored to your
goals, schedule, and individual needs.
She is professional and very
dedicated to her clients.
Any questions that arise during
training will be answered thoroughly and
She has also taught me so much
about proper running form, pre and post
run stretching, nutrition, and what to
wear for running in weather of all
While working with Coach Kelly
over the past 3 years, I have completed
numerous 5k’s, (3) 10k’s, a marathon
relay, a 15K, and my 1st Half
Marathon in October 2014!
I have also lost 30lbs. and have
gone down 5 pants sizes!
I feel great and have so much
I have also been able to
accomplish all of this with no injuries!
Working with Coach Kelly is
definitely one of the best things I have
ever done for myself!
Whatever your running goals are,
Coach Bails Running will get you there!
Buschkopf: After working with Coach Kelly through
several marathon training cycles, I've
been able to PR in distances from 5K to
the marathon. Even more valuable to me,
however, is Kelly's support in all areas
of my running: nutrition, strength
training, and through the emotional ups
and downs of a training cycle. Her
supportive, honest, and well-informed
feedback has kept me injury free and
ready to tackle my goals.
I've been working with Joe since I started
training for my first marathon in fall
2010. After running my first half
marathon earlier that year, I was
injured and burnt out. I wanted running
to be a sustainable, enjoyable and
rewarding activity and knew I needed
help with that. Joe's training plan gave
me focused, effective workouts that
prevented over-training and burn out. I
surpassed my goal for my marathon
running 10 min under my Boston
qualifying time. Moreover, I became a
much stronger, smarter runner. I
continued with Joe throughout 2011 and
had a incredibly successful year, taking
over a minute off my 5K time and nearly
6 minutes off my first half marathon
time, qualifying for the New York
marathon. In addition to avoiding
injury, Joe has helped me improve my
form and pacing ability. Joe is always
supportive and encouraging and continues
to play a significant role in helping me
achieve my running goals.
I attended the Beginning Women’s Running Group
in 2010. The class gave me the skills
and confidence to run many 5K’s and a ½
marathon within my first year of
running. I set my sights on running my
2nd ½ marathon but I knew I wanted to
achieve more than just a “finish”.
Kelly’s knowledge, motivation and
encouragement proved effective as I set
several PR’s at training races. My goal
race, the 2011 Las Vegas ½ marathon was
a success! I achieved a PR running the
race 31 minutes faster than my previous
½ marathon. I am currently training with
Kelly for my 3rd ½ marathon. I look
forward to achieving the running goals I
have set for 2012!
Coach's Note: Coach Kelly
trained Meredith through 8 half
marathons over a 2 year period. Meredith
improved her half-marathon time by a
total of 52 minutes and 40 seconds. Her
average pace dropped by 4:10 min/mi.
Working with Joe has pushed me further than I
imagined I would go with regards to my fitness. Over the course of one
year, I went from a casual runner to a competitor, and I directly
attribute this to being a student of Coach Bails Running. Joe helped me
consistently improve, stay healthy, and remain motivated through 14 half
marathons and two fulls from January 2011 to January 2012! Even as I
transition to training for an Ironman, I'm continuing to work with Joe
for his guidance and expertise. I'm very grateful to be working with
someone who believes in my goals as much as I do!
Joe Bails helped me become
a better runner. I thought I was destined to always be the slowest
runner in every group, but he proved that is not the case. I was able to
and did get faster with his guidance. He was always available to answer
questions and to give me encouragement before a race. He’s helped me
become a more confident runner, which makes me a more confident person.
with Coach Kelly as an individual trainer for about 9 months, first to
prepare for a 6 mile leg of a marathon relay (my first race ever) and
then for a 15k. In January, I started running 1-minute intervals and
thought I'd never make it. By September, I completed the 15k about ten
minutes under my goal time. I am very busy with a full-time+ job and two
small children, but Kelly met with me individually to discuss what I
wanted out of running and came up with a training schedule that fit
easily into my life and progressed at a very manageable
rate. Having regular training assignments really motivated me to stay on
track. Kelly provided encouraging feedback and great advice at every
stage of training. At the 15k, she even ran back and met me at the
final mile marker and ran the last mile with me! I am so grateful to
Coach Kelly for helping me gain confidence and experience the fun side
of running. Now I feel like there isn't any race of any distance
that I can't set my sights on and prepare for.
I was lucky enough to meet Joe and work with him on problems I was
having with my running form. He has excellent knowledge of both the
physiology and the bio-mechanics of running and he was able to make
slight changes in my form as well as to recommend more appropriate
shoes. Since making these changes I am back to running with pleasure
instead of pain.
Women's Beginning Running Group Comments
This program was exactly what I needed to motivate me to run
consistently. I love how the running was broken down in the overview
of training. The small increases in the run each week made the goal
attainable and pressured me to keep up with the program. Really glad
that I found a partner to run with, that helped with my success. The
weekly form focus was very helpful for me too. The coaching was very
helpful. Your advice about breathing, how to set a pace, and when it
is ok to walk were instrumental to my success.
Never say never. This program will give the
skills, the confidence and support to get you running. Awesome
coaches and mentors. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish
in 8 weeks.
Your program let me know that being a "runner" doesn't always mean
having perfect form and being fast. It means one foot in front of
the other and moving forward. It means being slow is okay.
Wow, what an accomplishment! Thank you!
Great program! I would recommend to friends as an enjoyable
experience to run with other women, flexible schedule, helping to
stay fit, and fun way to enjoy Lake of the Woods!
I never imagined that I would enjoy running so much, but I am
astonished at how much better I feel especially right after a run. I
am so thankful for this program. I highly recommend it to everyone
and look forward to the advanced class!
Coach Kelly and the mentors are so encouraging the program is just
awesome. I would highly recommend this program to anyone.
The running program would not be as successful without the coaches
and mentors! Thank you!
This was a wonderful running program for beginning runners! Both
coaches provided wonderful support and were terrific running
coaches. I always hated running, even when I was exceptionally fit.
While I may not not be obsessed with running just yet, I look
forward to each of my runs and will certainly continue to train for
more 5k races. Thanks coaches Kelly and Joe for helping me to
appreciate and even enjoy running!
Eight weeks ago I thought running for 1 minute and walking for 1
minute was going to kill me. On July 16 I completed my first 5K
running the whole time. Thank you coaches and mentors I still can't
believe I did it.
This program opened my eyes to what was possible. You really can go
from the couch to completing a race with this approach!
I've never been able to get over the beginner's "hump" and enjoy
running until I joined the beginner's group. In 8 short weeks I am
running for 45 minutes and look forward to each run!!
As a person that didn't exercise at all before this program I wasn't
sure if I would be able to complete it. I did all of the workouts
and also ran the Fisher 5k without taking any walking breaks. This
is a very good program for anyone that wants to do a 5k but not sure
how to start.
This was such a great class! I have never been a runner and was able
to run a 5K in just 8 weeks! And I plan to keep running!!
A strength of the program is having a group of women that are
committed to the same goal, supporting each other, and having
coaches to train them properly and offer advice.
Everything is great. Everyone was very supportive and helpful. I
especially appreciated all of the mentors that came to run and help
us out. It also made me feel more comfortable and confident that
everyone was always stressing slower pace and individual
capabilities rather than competitive running.
Pretty enthusiastic and the feedback in the training logs was great
and informative. I loved the program! Running with a group is an
experience I would recommend to anyone.
Having a defined course of action to take the guess work out of how
much is enough and to run with other new runners who are very
supportive and encouraging.
I really enjoyed the group and plan to continue running on my own as
well as continue to meet the others on Tuesdays. I think that having
speakers give talks is a definite bonus! I hope you continue to
offer this for beginning runners because it is a great program!
I had been thinking about running for a long time, but never found
the motivation or confidence to start. The idea of running with a
group of women who were starting from scratch just like me was
comforting. I also liked that there were experienced coaches that
were going to give me a concrete plan to meet my goal of running a
5K. I now feel confident and strong when running. I am also showing
my children that being active is important both physically and
mentally. The Women's Beginning Running Group has really changed my
life. Brittany Mahannah (2010 participant)
The runs were challenging for me, but having
the group made all the difference. I know I would have given up had
I been trying to run on my own! I decided the first night of the
group to do whatever was outlined for me to do. I did that,
and one year later, I'm still running! I'm not fast, but I am
committed. Running, while still challenging for me, has given me
some discipline that was missing in my daily life, and I am thankful
to the WBRG for getting me off to a good running start. I can't say
enough good things about the program. Dawn Quinley (2010
is an AMAZING program with Kelly Bails
and Joe Bails.
Any women interested in trying running
out, this is the program for you!! Never
thought I would be able to run a 5k. I
am now well beyond that and I actually
enjoy it! Great exercise and stress
reliever with a great group of women
paired with two wonderful and supportive
coaches that help you through every step
of the way. Couldn't say enough about
the Coach Bails Running Group!!